Driva – Quarter Repeating Wristwatch

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DRIVA, a GENTLEMAN’S STAINLESS STEEL oversize QUARTER-REPEATING WRISTWATCH circa 1930
GAY FRERES “Beads of Rice” Steel Bracelet

Manufacturer: Driva
Reference: oversize curved case with black white dial
Year: 30’s
Material: stainless steel
Caliber: quarter repeater
Measures: 49mm x 22mm
Remarks: in amazing condition. This was the first repeater wristwatch produced in series in the 30’s.

There are many collectors who are speculating and buying various sports models, where the quantities are actually quite huge. Under the radar is a very rare Driva Swiss Quarter Repeater watch. Made in the 1930s. Gold filled and Stainless Steel “Staybrite” gentleman’s wristwatch. 15 jewels. Straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel flat balance-spring, repeating on gong by activating slide on the band. Full size of ~23mm wide by 49mm in height.
Truly once-in-a-lifetime chance to find a repeater with in-house movement. There were only 1500 examples made in the 1930s before production stopped. What made this quarter repeater unique is that its movement is a square movement versus a standard round shape movement.

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